Oprah tops AMPAS wish list for Oscarcast host(ess)?

Posted by · 2:26 pm · July 8th, 2011

UPDATE (6:40pm): Naturally, the Academy denies all this. Why would they confirm even if it was true? Why kill the suspense now? Anyway…

EARLIER: Sasha Stone Twirected (get it? Tweet + directed?) me to a Chicago Sun-Times story that says Oprah Winfrey, fresh off her final daytime talk show stint, could be at the top of the Academy’s list of proposed hosts for the 84th annual Academy Awards. And, naturally, it would be a mutually beneficial kind of thing. Writes Bill Zwecker:

If the widely seen gig is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes special and a post-Oscars show airing only on the Oprah Winfrey Network, it would give the struggling cable channel some added exposure. But I’m hearing that is a very separate potential deal.

Furthermore, Zwecker says the feeling is that Winfrey would greatly expand the audience potential for the show, a continuous issue of debate and consideration behind the scenes.

I’m well on the record for who I’d like to see emcee the telecast, but as for this possibility, meh. I guess it’s tolerable. It would probably be a good idea. At the very least it would be fresh and yet not reek of desperation like the Hathaway/Franco tandem did last year. What do you think?

[Photo: Chicago Sun-Times]

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  • 1 7-08-2011 at 2:42 pm

    Loyal said...

    That’s a new direction. And after the lack of minority nominees last year this would be one way to broaden the audience.

  • 2 7-08-2011 at 2:43 pm

    bill said...

    anyone could one up franco, and i do love oprah, i also wanna see nph got to work

  • 3 7-08-2011 at 2:46 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Fine with me

  • 4 7-08-2011 at 3:01 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    As long as they write Anjelica Huston rivalry jokes I’m in.

  • 5 7-08-2011 at 3:11 pm

    Bradley said...

    If not Kevin Spacey then the double act of Stanley Tucci & Patricia Clarkson would be to die for!

  • 6 7-08-2011 at 3:12 pm

    SJG said...

    I still prefer Craig Ferguson, but Oprah would at least be something relatively fresh for the Oscars.

    Also, I’m pretty sure there should never be another word that tries to portmanteau “twitter” with something else. I may have to hunt you down and torture you Mr. Tapley.

  • 7 7-08-2011 at 3:31 pm

    Pete said...

    How about Bradley Cooper? He just joined the Academy.

  • 8 7-08-2011 at 3:35 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Sure, he could host with Beyonce and Russell Brand.

  • 9 7-08-2011 at 3:39 pm

    JJ1 said...


  • 10 7-08-2011 at 3:51 pm

    Pete said...

    The trouble with Oprah is that she would make it all about herself.

    Cooper seems to have a go-with-the-flow personality that is not abrasive but yet appealing to younger audiences.

    Oprah is comfort food for the old folks. Hell, she would probably finagle an Academy membership for Gayle.

  • 11 7-08-2011 at 5:29 pm

    m1 said...

    I want Melissa Leo to host. That way she can go up there and say, “Oh god. When I watched Anne and James do this last year it looked so fucking easy!”

  • 12 7-08-2011 at 6:57 pm

    Colin said...

    Inconsequential. Get good show producers first. Maybe the ones who did this year’s Tonys, for example.

  • 13 7-08-2011 at 8:28 pm

    The Dude said...

    Meh? I’m sure she’d do a fine job, but my favorite telecasts are the ones that are a laugh riot…and while I admire Oprah, “funny” is not an adjective I’d use to describe her.

  • 14 7-08-2011 at 10:22 pm

    parker said...

    She’ll encourage nominees to use ‘The Secret’ to wish their way to a win.

    And if you don’t win it’s all your own fault (like diseases you didn’t wish hard enough to be rid of).

    There’s no way I’d watch the Oscars if this hideous woman hosts (which she’ll probably rename the Oprahs, in her usual self-serving way).

  • 15 7-08-2011 at 11:19 pm

    Glenn said...

    Yes, that is exactly what that “hideous” woman would do. Rename them the Oprahs. Exactly.

  • 16 7-08-2011 at 11:40 pm

    The Great Dane said...

    As long as she introduces Uuuuma as a presenter.

  • 17 7-09-2011 at 1:42 am

    Simon Warrasch said...

    My dream last night was that Tina Fey and Steve Carell are the hosts of the Academy Awards 2012! And when i think of that i would never wake up! And the runner ups were: Ellen Degenerouse and Whoppie Goldberg!

  • 18 7-09-2011 at 7:05 am

    Michael said...

    If it were up to me to pick the host, I’d have to pick Yanni.

  • 19 7-09-2011 at 10:33 am

    Billyboy said...

    Bring Billy Cristal back.

    Him or Tina Fey.

  • 20 7-09-2011 at 10:48 am

    julian said...

    Tina Fey and Steve Carell actually sound like a probable choice…and an ace one at that, too!

  • 21 7-09-2011 at 11:03 am

    Johnny said...

    I’m still sayin. Billy Crystal/Whoopi Goldberg/Robin Williams triad. They already said they’d agree if asked!

  • 22 7-10-2011 at 4:21 pm

    Knative said...

    These would be my Picks in order of preference:
    1.)Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
    2.)John Waters
    3.) Cloris Leachmen
    4.) Jessica Walter that guy that played J Peterman on Seinfeild

  • 23 7-12-2011 at 9:23 am

    Matthatter said...

    Ricky Gervais.